It all started with Swine Flu back in October. I was sick, and off work for 8 days waiting for my temperature to go back to normal. I was stuck in bed knitting when I had the energy to do that, and surfing the net between frequent naps. Up until that time I regularly read a few knitting blogs like The Yarn Harlot, Brooklyn Tweed and Through The Loops…I was using the blogs and Ravelry as sources of inspiration for my future knitting projects, but I was never an “active participant” in the discussion, hesitant to post comments and make my mark.
My philosophy of reading blogs but not interacting with them changed when my brother Neil (aka ninjarunner) gave me a push to start blogging about what I do. He told me that there are lots of crafty people out there who might be interested in reading about my addiction to knitting, spinning, weaving and dyeing yarn. So, with his help, at the end of October I started writing my blog, commenting on other blogs, and using twitter.
I am amazed at how fast I was welcomed, and encouraged by those who read my work, and posted comments; my blog find of the year is community!
I joined the Art Every Day challenge for November hosted by Leah Piken Kolidas, where we were challenged to create art each day, and share our process and results with others via blogs and flickr. I met so many wonderful, friendly and talented people through this challenge. People from all over the world, creating all different kinds of art from doodling to quilting, from water colour to haiku, from photography to needlework. I was inspired, and challenged to live a more creative life for a month, and my creativity was celebrated by the new community that I had joined. What a fantastic welcome to a brand new blogger. Thanks so much Leah!
At the end of November, I was sad as one community dissolved, but excited when someone tweeted about the Best of 2009 Blog Challenge led by Gwen Bell. After seeing the long list of intriguing prompts, I joined up! I have been welcomed once more into another friendly group of creative thinkers, and inspired by the shared memories, the well crafted stories, the photographs of adventures past, and the thoughtfulness of each response and comment. I have been having fun reflecting on all my adventures this past year, and considering what I should do next year to keep balance in what could be a very hectic schedule. Thanks Gwen!
If you had asked me last year if I would ever be a blogger, I would have probably laughed….
Thanks to all who have helped me feel welcome!